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27 Mar 1945
  • Red Army fought fight their way into Danzig in the face of heavy resistance. ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | TH]
  • A German counter attack from Frankfurt, Germany towards K├╝strin barely got out of the city. Meanwhile, US Third Army captured Aschaffenburg, Germany, 40 kilometers to the southeast. ww2dbase [Crossing the Rhine | TH]
  • American B-29 aircraft mined Kanmon Straits near Shimonoseki, Japan. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Argentina declared war on the Axis alliance. The interned sailors of the Admiral Graf Spee (since Dec 1939) were now considered prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Admiral Graf Spee | CPC]
  • Before dawn, USS Rock fired six torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer escort; she claimed the target was sunk with one hit, but the sinking was not confirmed. In the late evening, USS Rock fired a torpedo at another Japanese destroyer; the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Rock | CPC]
  • USS Charr departed Fremantle, Australia for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Charr | CPC]
  • Dwight Eisenhower wrote Joseph Stalin a letter in an effort to coordinate the movement of Anglo-American and Soviet front lines as the two fronts neared each other in Germany. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • USS Nicholas arrived at Mangarin Bay, Mindoro before shifting to Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The B-24 Liberator aircraft Peter Drummond was travelling aboard disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean near the Azores. Drummond, along with all passengers and crew aboard, were presumed killed. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | CPC]
  • Heavy cruiser L├╝tzow, destroyer Z43, and other German ships began shelling Soviet positions on the coast of the Danzig Bay. ww2dbase [L├╝tzow | Z43 | CPC]
  • The US 5th Marine Division departed from Iwo Jima, Japan (its only combat operation), bound for US Territory of Hawaii for resting. ww2dbase [Iwo Jima | AC]
  • USS Anzio and USS Tabberer arrived on station off Okinawa and remained for 52 days covering the landings there. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Henry Plage | Anzio | Tabberer | Okinawa | DS]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
  • USS Ancon departed the Mariana Islands for the invasion of Okinawa with Transport Squadron 15. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Ancon | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Caiman detected a Japanese cargo ship in the southern South China Sea and fired 4 torpedoes; they failed to hit the target. ww2dbase [Caiman | South China Sea | CPC]
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Steamer Bay departed Leyte bound for operations at Okinawa. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | Leyte Gulf | DS]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Ilford, London, England, United Kingdom. It was to be the last rocket to strike this suburban district of London. To date, 117 Ilford residents were killed by rockets, while 349 were seriously injured. A second V-2 rocket hit Hughes Mansions, Stepney, London, killing 134 and injuring 49. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | London, England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 27 Mar 1945
Men of the US 77th Division landing from LVTs onto Zanami Island of the Kerama Islands near Okinawa, Japan, 27 Mar 1945USS Langley underway in the Pacific Ocean, 27 Mar 1945Soldiers of the US 7th Army pause at the Siegfried Line on the road to Karlsruhe, Germany, 27 Mar 1945USS Hornet off Okinawa, Japan, 27 Mar 1945; note various aircraft on the flight deck

27 Mar 1945 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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